Asking Nurse Bloggers, What Do You Need?

Asking Nurse Bloggers, What Do You Need?

Nurses answer everything from their clogs to music to, of course, patients!

By Christine Contillo, RN, BSN
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What do you need to work effectively? That’s the question one online nursing site asked recently, patterned after a similar question posed to readers of Inc., a periodical for small business owners. A few well respected nurse bloggers were asked to name four things they needed to work, and one more thing that they coveted. Each was asked to post their answers and then to ask the same questions of two other bloggers—sort of a nursing “tag, you’re it.”

The results came in but you need to consider that you’re looking at a skewed response from a creative population. How they define work and what they need in order to do a good job might be very different from your own answer depending on your specialty and how literally you decide to interpret the question.

Only a few of the items mentioned are available for purchase. I’m not getting any sort of financial cut to report this, but ICU nurse Beth at http://www.pixelrn.com/2007/02/things-i-cant-live-without.html and May from California in her 2-25-07 aboutanurse.com post both mentioned their danskos. Since for most nurses, working means long spans of being on their feet, I checked the dansko website (dansko.com) to see what the fuss is about. They have no fewer than 10 styles of white clog-type shoes for men and women. I’m all for anything that keeps my feet and back happy for 8 to 12 hours a day.

After that, some of the nurses tagged came up with things we now take for granted. May said that “gloves are like oxygen”—she can’t work without them. Also her badge—it lets her in and out and keeps track of her hours, replacing the old time clocks and making it difficult to slide on and off the unit a little late.

What came through loud and clear is that we’re not looking for a piece of technology but for that something intangible that makes a difficult job more tolerable. Some examples
• Keith at digitaldoorway.blogspot.com needs music and colleagues, family, and friends.
• Kim at emergiblog.com needs rock and roll while nursesean.com says it’s the coworkers that make a difference.

Don’t forget a license, plenty of vacation, protocols, and, of course, without patients there wouldn’t be anything for us to do!What do you need to do a good job? I’d like to hear.

Christine Contillo, RN, BSN has worked as a nurse since 1979, and has written extensively for various nursing publications as well as the New York Times.

This article is from workingnurse.com.

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